Tray 2005

Ndidi Ekubia (born 1973, Manchester, England, UK)

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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of Adrian Sasson, London

Ndidi Ekubia is one of an emerging group of young metalworkers who are bringing a fresh approach to working with their chosen material. Ndidi Ekubia has an exuberant personality which is obvious in a relaxed and joyous approach to metal. She is best known for her hollowware, particularly vases and bowls. She works with the client and the domestic interior in mind, with the aim of giving metal 'vitality so it is not considered too precious for everyday use'. This tray comes from a new series and develops further her signature fluid style. She has handled the material in a way that evokes a pebble thrown into water rippling out across the surface creating movement and texture. She uses traditional techniques of blocking, raising and doming, pushing the silver sheet to create a three-dimensional shape. The flat sheet is first domed to create form and movement and then it is turned over and pushed in another direction using heavy stakes, with Ekubia working the metal until she achieves the desired appearance. Finally she smoothes the surface and places the pattern. The resulting tray is an undulating rhythmic piece with corners and edges rising from the ground in a graceful way

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Adrian Sasson, 2005
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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